How to Introduce Children to a New Partner: Dr. John Duffy Provides His Expert Opinion in Recent Feature

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Dr. John Duffy, parenting expert and author of The Available Parent, weighs in on the best way to introduce a new romantic partner to a child.

The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens

"A healthy dose of optimism and lots of practical suggestions."—Publishers Weekly

For many single parents, one of the biggest challenges about dating is worrying that their children won't like their new significant other. According to Dr. John Duffy, author of The Available Parent (Viva Editions) some of this friction can be prevented by learning how to introduce them in the right way, and at the right time. As Steve Harvey's go-to parenting expert, Dr. Duffy explains that "it's important to introduce him as a 'great guy', another adult to get to know and enjoy." He also suggests not putting too much pressure on the budding relationship: "This is a process for the kids, so allow the relationship and roles of the group to develop naturally."

John Duffy is a clinical psychologist and certified life coach with a thriving private practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Duffy works with both teens and adults and specializes in helping parents maximize satisfaction and minimize conflict in their relationships with their teenagers. In addition to clinical work, Duffy also consults with individuals, groups and corporations in a number of areas, including Emotional Intelligence, stress management, balancing work and family, conflict resolution, goal-setting and the power of thoughts in bringing about change. Dr. Duffy's clients include Sears, Allstate, General Electric, Household Financial, Exxon Mobil, Accenture, Bank of America and Hewitt Associates.

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